* Sacha Mardou writes up her special guest appearance at CXC, the show with which I'm involved. Mardou was probably our most beloved guest this last weekend and that was a sublimely nice and genial group. I hope other convention organizers will have her out.
Zunar Hit With No-Fly Ban From Political Opponent; Vows To Fight It
You can catch up with the basics of the latest permutation in Zunar's long fight with police authorities in his home nation of Malaysia in just about any wire article on the matter, including this one. The cartoonist has been banned from flying, a particular blow in that the artist has enjoyed a great deal of attention and support internationally. Zunar claims that the ban is an overreach of authority and that this move is reserved for elected officials; looks like Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar disagrees.
The great sadness here is that police interference has careened into just hounding and harming the cartoonist at every opportunity. If there's a principle involved other than "Obey," it hasn't been articulated. As always, we wish Zunar luck in his pursuit of a legal remedy.
Go, Read: Back Issues Dealer Gerry Ross Interviewed
Here. It was suggested by CR reader Iestyn Pettigrew. Thank you!
It's a compelling interview in terms of some of the fundamental outlooks the merchant has towards his market, what certain commercial flourishes mean and what actually sells and what doesn't. It does look like we're headed to a phase where that bizarre market is early-runs-of-characters oriented as opposed to a period where artists and writers helped drive value a bit.
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* Robert Boyd writes about curating a show of Scott Gilbert's work. I'm a fan of Gilbert's work, so I'm glad to see him receive this attention.
* I'm dying to go to Detroit's Comique Con, even though I'm exhausted from last weekend's CXC. That's a great show focus, and you get to eat in Detroit. If my car is running by then, I'll seriously consider the trip.
* NYCC claims record attendance, in part because of how they sold individual versus group tickets. The energy of its audience is the 1A in that show's skill set, with the #1 being its proximity to New York publishing and media. The Artist's Alley there will always be packed and always be hopping, or at least should be for the next several years. It's hard to imagine that people doubted how well an NYC pop-culture type convention would do.
* Short Run has a full schedule of its main and ramp-up events here.